“Not Everyone Has Willpower”: Pak PM Asks Women To Follow “Purdah” To Protect Themselves

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Imran Khan: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan blamed “fahashi” (vulgarity) and the impact of western culture as the reason for increased sexual violence against women.

He further said that women must follow the Islamic concept of “purdah” to protect themselves from such violence as “not everyone has willpower” to control their sexual instinct.

Khan engaged in a two-hour-long question and answer session with the public over the weekend where he was asked about the plans of the Government regarding the increasing cases of rapes and sexual violence in the country, as reported by Geo News. He responded to the question by blaming “fahashi” (vulgarity) to be the reason for sexual violence against women.

Khan further spoke on the concept of ‘purdah‘ of the Islam religion that states a woman should conceal themselves from men and strangers. He justified it by claiming that the practice is to remove “temptation” from society as “not everyone has willpower” and “keep temptation in check”.

As the Prime Minister issued the statement on April 4, Sunday, a sharp reaction was drawn from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), as reported by The Dawn.

“This is unacceptable behaviour on the part of a public leader. Not only does this betray a baffling ignorance of where, why and how rape occurs, but it also lays the blame on rape survivors, who, as the government must know, can range from young children to victims of honour crimes,” HRCP said, taking a hit on Khan’s comment.

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He further added that similar things were happening in India because Bollywood started taking inspiration from Hollywood. similar things are happening in India after the film industry started taking inspiration from Hollywood. He said “Delhi has now become a rape capital” because the film industry is influenced by western culture.

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